Re: No love for the PPC

From: Albert D. Cahalan (
Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 23:52:16 EST

Mike Borrelli writes:

> I'm sorry about the tone of this e-mail, but it is somewhat painful when,
> after downloading a new kernel to play with, it doesn't compile on the
> ppc. It isn't even big problems either. A single line (#include
> <linux/pm.h>) is missing from pc_keyb.c and has been for at least three
> -ac releases. Now, process.c in arch/ppc/kernel/ dies from an undeclared
> identifier (init_mmap).
> Anyway, the real question is, why does the ppc arhitecture /always/ break
> between versions?

At the most recent Ottata Linux Symposium, there was a PowerPC
session with about 20 people. Somebody did a poll, asking what
people used. I was the only person who dared to use a kernel
from Linus. Everone else was using the BenH and BitKeeper ones.

This is a sorry state of affairs. If people are off using kernels
from other places, there isn't a great incentive to keep the
official Linus kernel updated. Nobody uses it anyway.

Elimination of these non-Linus PowerPC trees would be great.
(at least the "stable" ones should go, as they lure people
away from the one true source tree)

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